Karma is a bitch, ain’t it? Just ask Joe Wilson.
Back in 2009 when President Obama was addressing Congress on the issue of health care, all of a sudden there came a screech from the audience – “You lie!” Obama was countering the false GOP claim that his proposed health care bill would extend benefits to illegal immigrants. That caused grumbling among the Republicans, but Joe Wilson was outraged, I tell you, OUTRAGED! So he publicly branded the president a liar.
Fast forward to April 10, 2017. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was at a town hall where he said, “I’ve also supported the local solicitor here, and the solicitor in Lexington, all efforts to make sure that violence against women is fully enforced.”
His constituents weren’t buying it and cries of “You lie!” echoed off the walls of the hall.
Maybe that’s because in 2013 Wilson voted against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Wilson then invited more scorn from those assembled when he said he was “very pleased” that Donald Trump had ordered the missile attack on the Syrian airfield and then asserted, “And I would have supported the prior president if he had acted, but he didn’t.”
Except, President Obama asked for congressional support to retaliate for a chemical attack launched by Assad in August 2013. Joe Wilson was having none of it, saying, “The case was not made.”
In fact, Wilson was quoted in the Washington Post saying, “… the United States must not engage in military action against Syria.” He is also on record as saying that Congressional authorization should be sought prior to launching a military attack.
But that’s all changed now. Because …? Because now we have a loose cannon in the White House, but it’s a Republican loose cannon, so that’s okay.
It was a rocky meeting for Joe Wilson. From his lie about his stance on violence against women, to his 180 degree about face in his position on military action in Syria, to the broken promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare with something better, he was met with the ire of his constituents. Though there were those in attendance who are still with the Tea Party favorite, others in the audience were vocal in their criticism, with one man calling him a “rubber stamp for Donald Trump.”
Sorry, Joe. There’s this thing called video. There’s also this thing called reporting, where the things you say and do are recorded for posterity. So we all know that the people at your town hall were spot on when they called you just what you are: a liar. Your chickens have come home to roost.